Friday, August 31, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
Thursday, August 16, 2007
America's first and longest-lasting friend is France. Voltaire wrote that the "golden age of which men speak so much and never before has existed" was created in the colony of Pennsylvania. The French ardently supported America's War of Independence and Lafayette remains an American hero. Tocqueville spent nine months travelling the new republic and produced the most astute commentary ever written on the country. The Statue of Liberty was a gift of the French people to America.
More than any other European country France has been protective of its national identity. With Italy and Germany it was once one of the giants of opera in Europe but then resisted the influence of those others in favor of its homegrown version which has long since been eclipsed but exists still in all its idiosyncrasy. Likewise the French have resisted the Americanization of its culture in television, movies, fast food and theme parks.
In world affairs too France has been keen on preserving its independence and this is what has most rankled. De Gaulle, visiting Quebec, impertinently concluded a speech with "Viva a free Quebec!" France was the only NATO member to refuse to be bound by the military decisions of the alliance as a whole. More recently France incensed Americans by opposing the war in Iraq and refusing to participate. It may have broken the European Union, of which it was a founding member, by refusing to ratify the E.U.'s constitution.
France never recovered from World War I. Exhausted and depressed it lost its ambition and will and with them its prominent place in the world. France has never wanted to fight for anything since, not even Paris when Hitler marched in. French, once the language of international diplomacy, has been supplanted there and everywhere by English. The French economy has muddled along burdened by the characteristics mentioned by the Silicon Valley executive and long eclipsed by the American, German, and Japanese. Last year's production problems at Air Bus have become a symbol of French inability to win in the economic big leagues.
The result of all of this however has been the preservation of most things French and for that the world should be thankful. France remains first in attracting world tourism a sure indication that if most people don't want to live there it's still the greatest country to visit. Its slower-paced work life makes for a more relaxed daily pace that is immediately apparent and welcome to visitors from go-go America. We are awed by the art, charmed by the preservation of the architecture, made voracious by its cuisine, calmed by the beauty of the countryside, and seduced by the sound of the language.
France is not in any immediate danger of becoming as irrelevant as once-great powers like Egypt, Greece, and Rome are. There you go only to see the fossils of what once was great. In France you see great history too but in a living, functioning society, not a great nation as it once was but still a major, relevant and vital one, one that has always been distinctive and which, it is hoped, always will remain distinctive. The world doesn't need France to make computer chips. It just needs it to remain France. This is Public Occurrences.
Friday, August 10, 2007
when it is connected with an occupied ship or boat, by any
medium at all controllable by the occupant or occupants."
"What to that redoubted harpooneer, John Bull, is poor
Ireland, but a Fast-Fish?"
"What was America in 1492 but a Loose-Fish..."
"What are the Rights of Man andthe Liberties of the World but
"And what are you, reader, but a Loose-Fish and a Fast-Fish,
-Herman Melville, Moby Dick.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
The Murderers of Bian Zhongyun.
Yan Song, aka Song Waowu, nee Song Binbin, has "retired" and is living in Beijing.
Anyone with information on the identity of those involved in the actions that led to Bian Zongyun's murder please send to PUBLOCC@gmail.com
This is the complete photograph from which the head shot of Yan Song, nee Song Binbin, published below was cropped. Jiang Zemin, former President of the People's Republic of China (1991-2003) and former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) pays his condolences to Song's mother at the funeral for Song's father. Song is in glasses standing between her mother and Jiang. Song's sister is behind the mother. Note the black mourning armbands on Jiang and Song. This is Public Occurrences.
(First published June 9, 2007)
Why doesn't Google shut this site down?
Why doesn't the U.S. government label this organization what it is, a terrorist group?
"Born with a dream, died of a
-Wang Jingyao, husband of Bian Zhongyun, on what he wants engraved on his cremation box.
I care because Liu Tingting is now a sophisticated, wealthy, jet-setting consultant with a residence on Central Park.
I care because of all the Red Guards who are packed into the faculties at elite institutions like Stanford.
I care because the Red Guards to this day continue to threaten and censor Chinese-Americans in the United States whenever they get too close to the truth.
I care because what good is having a Republican president if he doesn't pay attention to immigration as President Reagan self-evidently did not when so many of these wrongdoers immigrated here?
I care because my tax dollars helped fund Morning Sun, the Red Guards Triumph of the Will.
I care because my tax dollars help fund National Public Radio, which did a fawning interview of Carma Hinton and whose correspondent Margo Addled was narrator of Morning Sun.
My great-great-great-great grandfather did not fight in the Battle of Trenton in 1776 for this.
My great-great grandfather did not die at Fredericksburg in 1862 for this.
My grandfather did not fight in France in 1918 for this.
My uncle did not die in the Italian Apennines in 1945 for this.
My brother did not live through Tet in 1968 for this.
And I have not spent twenty-two years prosecuting murderers for this. I am Benjamin Harris and this is Public Occurrences.
your lyin' eyes?
We have been sent the above. It is a Red Guard flier addressed to Red Guards at the schools and universities around Beijing. The first signator at the bottom, the one encircled, is that of Song Yaowu, nee Song Binbin, now Yan Song. The date is September 6, 1966.
Carma Hinton allowed this reddest of guards to say unchallenged in Morning Sun that her name had been "hijacked" without her knowledge, that she had never assumed the name of Song Yaowu. Hinton allowed Song to cry that someone else had written the famous August 20 article in People's Daily about her pinning of Mao Zedong and then signed her name, again without her knowledge.
The claim is laughable and Hinton's abetment clumsy and puerile.
Anyone with information on the identity of those involved in the actions that resulted in Bian Zhongyun's murder please email PUBLOCC@gmail.com
Liu was a student at the school where Bian Zhongyun was murdered. She was one of those who beat Bian.
Liu was the daughter of the then President of China, Liu Shaoqi. She uses the name Liu Ting now and is a wealthy and well-connected consultant in New York with an apartment near Central Park in Manhattan. This is Public Occurrences.